The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.
Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .
Tue Jul 11, 2017
RVIA has announced that RV shipments in May finished above 40,000 for the third month in a row. Monthly wholesale shipments reached 45,853; an increase of 20.8 percent compared to May 2016. Year-to-date wholesale shipment totals are 209,014 units, up 12.2 percent compared to this point last year.
All towable RVs led by conventional travel trailers reached a total of 39,960; up 19.8 percent compared to last May. Year-to-date totals for towable RVs is up 11.8 percent compared to last year with 181,404 units being reported. Fifth wheels also are up 18.5 percent this May, while truck campers are up 8.7 percent. Folding camping trailers were down 34.5 percent.
Motorhome shipments led by Type C motorhomes, totaled 6,163 units, up 27.5 percent compared to May 2016. Year-to-date motorhome shipments are at 27,610 units, up 15.6 percent compared to the cumulative total at this point last year. Type A motorhomes were up 25.6 percent in May, but are still down 1.6 percent year-over-year from last year's total at this point. Type B campers were up 89.9 percent in May, while the year-over-year total is up 47.5 percent from last year.